Four Challenges Family Caregivers Experience When Alzheimer’s Advances

You think you know what Alzheimer's entails. Your mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's years ago, and the progression has been steady. There are challenges you face that may not be something that comes to mind until it happens. Here are four of the symptoms family caregivers often face when Alzheimer's progresses. Aphasia. Difficulties with speech may be one of the first and more noticeable symptoms. As the disease progresses, your parent may struggle to complete sentences. It becomes hard to follow a conversation ... Read more

Encouraging Independence with Daily Care Needs During the Middle Stage of Alzheimer’s Disease

Independence is an important concept for everyone, and that does not change for those who are living with Alzheimer's disease. In fact, those seniors who are suffering the effects of this disease often cling to their independence even more and seek as many ways as they can to express themselves and their autonomy. This is because they know that they are dealing with challenges and limitations and want to find as many ways as possible to feel that they are still ... Read more

Tips to Lower Stress Caused by Doctor’s Appointments for Your Loved One With Dementia

Dementia makes a lot of changes to your loved one's brain, which means that she may react to seemingly normal situations in a different way than she ever has. This is especially true when your loved one is heading into potentially stressful situations such as a doctor's appointment, making it even more stressful. Here are a few tips to make doctor's appointments easier for your aging family member. 1. Look into Different Scheduling Options. If you already know when your loved one is ... Read more

Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

One of the things that people may worry about as their parents grow older is the possibility of them having Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Some forgetfulness naturally occurs as people get older—you might call them “senior moments.” Your parent might forget the name of someone they recently met, but then remember it later. That kind of memory loss is generally nothing to worry about. However, if your parent’s memory lapses are affecting their life, it’s time to see a doctor and have ... Read more

Signs and Symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia

Lewy Body Dementia is the second most commonly diagnosed form of dementia, following only Alzheimer’s disease. Characterized by the presence of deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein in the nerve cells throughout the brain, LBD is a term that is used to describe both dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s disease dementia. As a family caregiver it is important to know that early diagnosis of this condition, just as it is with other forms of dementia, is critical to the proper ... Read more